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April 2017

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journey begins with a step

I have had an Alphasmart 3000 for many years, and although it is still trooping gamely on, it has developed signs of age (such as keys that stick). I recently purchased the Neo 2, which succeeded the Neo which succeeded the 3K. The Neo 2 does more than the 3K, but retains the lovely simplicity of the original, and it was only $119.

For those who don't know what I'm talking about, the 3K/Neos are small, simple word processors. Roughly laptop size, they are essentially a full size keyboard with a small screen, meant only for typing text. Here's the list of the good stuff:

  • Light weight. It weighs less than 2 lbs. I can lift it, complete with the nylon case, on my pinkie finger.

  • Durable. They developed this thing for classrooms full of kids.

  • No distractions. It's not a laptop - there are no games, no internet connection, nothing but the keyboard and text. When I sit down to write with my Neo, all I do is write.

  • No power worries. The Neo runs on AA batteries for a declared 700 hours. I believe that number is correct, as all the years I had the 3K, I only changed the battery once.

I have already been using the 3K to work on the planning of my Nano novel, and now the Neo will take over.

If you'd like a look at my new toy and Nano tool, here's the URL: http://www.neo-direct.com/


That's a pretty neat little item. :) Hope you find the time and inspiration to do some writing, although I know it's hard for you right now.

I keep meaning to email you and just chat about this and that - what I'm reading, watching, doing - and to catch up with what's going on with you. I also have a couple of blurbs about writing that were on my Tumblr feed that I want to send you, so if I ever get that email written, I'll send them along.

Many hugs and sending good energy your way, my dear friend. ♥
Thank you for the good energy. It must be working. I've spent the last two weeks doing some very useful, concrete planning for my Nano this year. Not an outline - I have found that a full chapter-by-chapter, scene-by-scene outline doesn't work well for me. I did that with my latest Regency, and it is my weakest one so far.

I will be delighted if you email me. Any time. But I'll love ya even if you don't get to it!


Cool. I don't get easily distracted when I'm writing, but that looks like a sweet little machine. Nano genre this year?

And hey - I know you're published as a regency author, do you have an active name under the spec-fic realm?
My Nano genre this year is fantasy. I'm having fun with the story that's developing, although it's actually not a funny story at all.

I only have one other, non-Regency book published, a short story anthology in fantasy. That's in my real name, Kathy Ann Trueman.